Your Dollars at Work
185th Road Substation Project
SVEC is always working towards improving service to our members. Stagecoach Road Substation is under construction and is expected to be in service by December 2015. Located in the western end of Suwannee County, Stagecoach Road Substation will better serve SVEC’s growing residential and commercial members in the area. We will keep members updated as the project progresses.
SVEC sends local students to Washington, D.C.
Two local high school students will start their senior years with renewed energy after a summer trip to the nation’s capital.
Hailey Hall, a 16-year-old student from Branford High School, and Lacey Swafford, a 17-year-old student from Lafayette High School, won the right to represent their state at the 51st annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., from June 12-18.
And thanks to Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative, the trip was free.
Hall and Swafford were chosen from a group of seven students who participated in the state-level Florida Electric Cooperative Association Inc. Youth Tour, hosted in Tallahassee thisFebruary. Those students learned how the state government functions as well as how electric cooperatives are essential to providing infrastructure and economic development for rural areas across the state.
This is the 37th year SVEC has sponsored students to attend the national Youth Tour, where they join more than 1,500 other students in meeting legislators, learning energy policy issues and visiting the capital’s monuments and museums.
But for Hall, meeting other students with big goals was just as important as any of that.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see everything in D.C., and to meet other kids who are intelligent and very passionate about government and learning new things,” she says of the experience.
Meanwhile, Swafford will head into the school year with a new perspective and reinvigorated desire to achieve.
“Just seeing the monuments and the Capitol in person — all those things I’ve always read about and seen pictures of — it really gives you a boost,” she says. “I would say that it was a life-changing experience, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity that Suwannee Valley Electric Co-op gave us.”
Students who attended the 2015 Florida Youth Tour: